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Poster: Dan Russ Date: Sep 17, 2009 1:55pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Millionaire's Pond (non-Dead)

I’ve been carrying this inside for a little while, unsure how to get it out appropriately. As WT has suggested, I’m just gonna spew. I address this primarily to SkyDawg regarding a previous thread about where we all lived, but as we are all in this together for better or worse here it is. Apologies for the length.

Having spent much time baked by more than sunshine – my visual memories are pretty intact but place names foggier. I was thinking of a place where we would take our girls swimming with a wall that tidewater would spill into. I’ve had it in my mind since that it was called the Queen’s Bath, but realize said spot was actually lost under lava by the time I was there from reading your other posts. This has bothered me since our exchange in that thread - partly I felt the fool, but mostly ‘cause it was a great spot (among many.)

So, in the spirit of sappiness that has surfaced, AND with a pledge to leave my personal soap opera aside in future posts, I have to share a hearty thanks to you and all for truly helping me to achieve a major milestone. After three years of separation, my wife and I will are now in the process of divorce. I am in a good place with it; my kids are pretty much grown (16 & 20) and my relationship with them is fantastically solid. And I am sober. But my desire to have any interaction (not to mention forgiveness) with my wife was nil – until this forum effected my contacting her about these places where we once lived.

A huge burden has been lifted from my heart and I feel clearer about my life. Silly as it may sound, my participation in this wacky corner of the web has facilitated my moving ahead. Thanks a million!

And of course, if it wasn’t for Jerry . . .


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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Sep 17, 2009 8:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Millionaire's Pond (non-Dead)

Wow Dan, I'm speechless! What an amazing thing to have happen! Thanks for sharing that!
I myself have been divorced for over ten years and my ex and I never speak... I hope someday to have a chance to change all of that. It would be very healing I believe.
In the spirit of the subject that started it, here is another pic of Queen's Bath in happier times..

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Poster: skies Date: Sep 18, 2009 9:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Millionaire's Pond (non-Dead)

That's t ,skydawg ! I know this queen's bath place in Hawaii : people would jump from the cliff down in the fresh water and it was very impressive to seethat !

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Sep 17, 2009 2:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Millionaire's Pond (non-Dead)

that is awesome Dan!! very glad to read that - thank you for posting it. isn't it amazing how sometimes clarity (or atleast an avenue toward clarity) can arise from the most unlikeliest of places?? I know that I have read things here that have gotten me to "think." (and of course, other things that i have read have gotten me to think: wtf is wrong with him/her).

it is great when we can reach a place of Shamatha within even one small corner of our personal world.

good on you my friend!!

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Sep 18, 2009 12:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Millionaire's Pond (non-Dead)

The Queen's Bath was a mighty impressive place, one I also shared with an ex-wife and was saddened when I saw on the news that it had been inundated by a lava flow. It helped me realize that change is inevitable and that even our best places and moments are not immutable.

Amazing how so many share similar stories.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Sep 17, 2009 2:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Millionaire's Pond (non-Dead)

I ain't often right
but I've never been wrong
It seldom turns out the way
it does in the song
Once in a while
you get shown the light
in the strangest of places
if you look at it right

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Poster: ducats Date: Sep 17, 2009 5:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Millionaire's Pond (non-Dead)

for my first 50 shows I thought it was; once in a while you can catch on to life, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

I think it's been a thread many times - but any other lines anybody had wrong for a LONG time

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Poster: snori Date: Sep 18, 2009 7:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Millionaire's Pond (non-Dead)

I know it isn't, but I still like to think that in 'Eyes' they're singing 'sometimes we wore Cologne'. At least it makes me smile.

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Sep 17, 2009 3:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Millionaire's Pond (non-Dead)

Keep Chooglin', Doc.


TOOTMO